B&N: DOJ e-book suit endangers consumers, bookstores and copyrighted expression. From @paidcontent
In acomplaintsent to the Department of Justice this morning, Barnes & Noble says that the DOJ’sproposed settlementwith HarperCollins, Hachette and Simon & Schuster for allegedly colluding to fix e-book prices “represents an unprecedented effort” to become “a regulator of a nascent technology that it little understands” — and “the national economy, our nation’s culture, and the future of copyrighted expression” are at stake. In fact, B&N argues, e-book and hardcover prices have fallen under agency pricing.”
“You’re going to end up having choice control from a server farm in Washington state,” Barnes & Noble’s general counsel Gene DeFelice told me, referring to Amazon.